I wanted to bring you all a second installment of what I’m affectionately referring to as “Stories I’m Digging” because it’s October 15th, and 15 is divisible by 3, and that’s sufficient enough for me. See, we play things very fast and loose here.
Here we go:
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Available on Hulu, this is a powerful and exceptional show with an almost chilling premise. Throw in incredible storytelling with a gifted cast and it’s practically impossible to not binge at a clip. I’m naturally curious so I took to Wiki to learn more. Remarkably, I dodged spoilers. Unremarkably, I fell down a dark Wiki rabbit hole only to emerge answerless. The teleplay is based on a book that was published in 1985, however, the show makes uniquely 21st-century references to Uber and iPhone. You can understand why I’m more confused now than I was when I started watching. I’ve decided to pause on the streaming because I obviously need to get my paws on the book. Apparently, 300 or so New Yorkers shared in my idea because I’m 300th or something in NYPL’s queue for the Kindle version. Please don’t let my weird and incoherent rambling detract from the quality of the story.
- Just Kids – Patti Smith is the writer I hope to be when I grow up. Let it be known that she’s a fellow Jersey Girl and that counts for a whole lot. Her story is a lyrical and emotionally charged memoir which chronicles her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe set in the vibrant beatnik scene of 1960s New York. If you’re in the mood for an honest, self-aware and Dickensian story, check it out.
- Kaitlyn Bristowe’s Off the Vine podcast – Because not everything has to be so highbrow all of the time. The kookie Canadian won my love and adoration when she competed on Chris Soules’s season of the Bachelor. She was totally out of place, way cooler than everyone else and I dug her apathy. In her podcast, she’s authentic and unapologetic. The beauty of Bristowe’s podcast is that she’s essentially doing the same thing as you and your besties do; sitting around, sharing stories and drinking vats of wine, but with microphones. I particularly enjoy the moments when she’s fully in the bag and blabbing Bachelor franchise secrets.